Remember sitting by the phone, waiting for a boy to call and ask for a date?
Kids still start pairing off around the same age (between 12 and 14, with more serious relationships usually reserved for the later teen years), and parents still worry about them experimenting with sex.
How do you help your child navigate this complicated world? The groups themselves aren't necessarily a problem-they give teens the opportunity to develop friendships with lots of people, and they take away the strangeness that kids might feel when they're alone on a date. If a lot of kids are doing something questionable, the few who feel it's wrong may have trouble speaking up.
That's where you come in: Be sure to talk to your child often about what your expectations are, whether they concern sex or drinking or relationships.
And ask your teen to think about what she would do if she weren't in a group, says Sabrina Weill, author of The Real Truth About Teens and Sex.
Today, juveniles are beginning to date as early as their “tween” years.
By the time they reach high school, 1 in 3 teens know a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by a partner.
Dating violence is defined, when one person tries to maintain power and control over another through abuse.
The abuse can include physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse.
It can happen at any age, regardless of sex, race, religion or ethnicity.
It is often hidden because teenagers have “romantic” views of love, strive for independence from parents and are inexperienced with dating relationships.
Teen dating is influenced by how they view themselves and others.
Then waiting for him to come to the house to pick you up? "Even the concept of dating is outdated," says Beth-Marie Jelsma, a psychotherapist in Rochester, New York.